Leader: Steve Chapman
Reporter: Liz Bridge
What a great place to visit for an enjoyable and informative walk. We had enjoyed Steve’s messaging about this place and the variety of birds and other nature which he had enjoyed over the last few months. Now we could experience it for ourselves.
Leader: Chris Stone
Reporter: Sue Gale
Nine members gathered at 8.30 in the car park near Wymondham Abbey in bright
sunshine and blue skies. What an improvement on last month! There was a Buzzard overhead and Liz found a Grey Wagtail by the river before we even set out. Chris led us across the road towards the cemetery first. This is a well-known birding spot and we were hoping to see Spotted Flycatchers. On the way a Great Spotted Woodpecker was heard calling, and then seen in a nearby tree. A Sparrowhawk flew over as we passed through a small housing estate. Inside the large cemetery Chris explained that two pairs of Spotted Flycatchers had been seen this year, and it wasn’t long before he pointed one out to us, perched on a gravestone. Over the next 15 minutes we watched at least two of them flying about us and catching flies. They are perky and characterful little birds, and it seems that gravestones make ideal perches. We also spotted a Goldcrest and a Treecreeper here.
Leader and Reporter: Sue Gale
The first WVBS outdoor meeting since lockdown was not blessed with great weather. The North Sea struck again – a moderate but very cold NE wind blowing across a bleak and sunless landscape!
Nonetheless, 6 of us set out to make the best of it.
Leader: Alan Hughes
Reporter: Emily Leonard
Species List: David Gibbons
We started our trip out to RSPB Titchwell at around 9.15am, on a stunning morning. The sun was shining and there was a bit of warmth to the air as well. With our face masks and hand sanitiser in hand, our group of 6 ventured off onto the reserve to see what we could find. We had agreed that we would aim for the beach as high tide was around 5am, so the tide would still be reasonably close in and the birds would be closer to us. We glanced over the scrapes but knew we would come back to them at a later time. On the beach we had many adult and juvenile Gannets flying along the horizon, who were joined by 2 Great Crested Grebes nearer to the shoreline and gave us very good views. Also on the sea was a Red Throated Diver which is always a sight to see. We scanned the shoreline, which resulted in Brent Geese, Oystercatchers, Grey Plovers, Bar Tailed Godwits, as well as Sanderling whizzing up and down!
9 club members and 2 leaders (Ashley Saunders and Nick Parsons) from Oriole Birding, enjoyed a very successful trip to the Western Isles of Scotland earlier in the month – a great week of wonderful birds, scenery and each other’s company. Ashley’s excellent trip report is included as a separate attachment along with this month’s newsletter for anyone that would like to read a full account of the trip, but here I have recorded a few “favourite moments” plus some photographs, to provide a flavour of what we experienced. All of us would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Keith for organising this, and to Ashley and Nick for their excellent leadership and birding skills